Yeovil Preview vs Grimsby Town

Yeovil go into their game in decent form, having not lost since the first game of the season, and not conceded a goal in any of their last three league games.

Last time out, Yeovil secured their first home win of the season, beating Stevenage 2-0 at Huish Park. It was another impressive performance from the Glovers, with Alex Fisher and Sessi D’Almeida getting the goals, in D’Almeida’s case, his first for the club.

Yeovil go into the game at Grimsby in high spirits. They won their last away game 4-0 at Notts County, an excellent result that they have been looking to build on ever since.

For the first time in a number of years, this looks like a Yeovil side who should be able to at the very least avoid a relegation battle. The Glovers currently sit 7th in the table, but there’s only so much we can read into that at this stage in the season.

Ideally, Darren Way would probably want to keep a similar team to the one that has started the last three games, but that may not be possible. Wes McDonald and Tom James both limped off in the first half against Stevenage, and there is yet to be any update on their fitness. An injury to James could be an issue for Yeovil given the lack of depth at full back.

However, at the time of writing there are a couple of days left in the transfer window, so Yeovil could still bring in a player on loan. Alternatively, right-back Craig Alcock has been linked with a return to Huish Park this summer. He is still without a club having left Doncaster Rovers at the end of last season.

On the subject of loans, the Glovers signed striker Omari Patrick from Bradford on a deal until January. He will provide cover up front, with Francois Zoko likely to be missing for another two or three months.

This weekend, Diallang Jaiyesimi comes up against his former club on Saturday, having spent last season on loan with Grimsby. Elsewhere Jordan Green could play on the left in place of McDonald, which would be his first start since his opening day sending off against Bury.

As for the opponents, it has been an in different start from Grimsby. They would have been disappointed to lose 1-0 to Newport last week, but picked up credible points against both Lincoln City and MK Dons over the past couple of weeks.

Predicted XI: (4-4-2) Nathan Baxter; Carl Dickinson, Gary Warren, Omar Sowumni, Bevis Mugabi; Yoann Arquin, Alex Pattison, Sessi D’Almeida, Jordan Green; Alex Fisher, Diallang Jaiyesimi.

Prediction:

Firstly, I’d like to think that no one is putting any money on based on my predictions, as I have only got one right so far this season.

On this occasion, I am going to back Yeovil. I think, given the good form of late, they will go in to the game in good spirits, and should continue that strong run. A lot will depend on the fitness of McDonald, who has been excellent in recent weeks.

Grimsby Town 1-2 Yeovil Town

Picture Credit: Yeovil Town

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